Career choice for newcomers: Which job suits me?

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Career choice and job change - topics that are no longer only of interest to young people who have finished school and are looking for a suitable degree or apprenticeship. Because: More and more people with professional experience are also considering changing saddles and asking themselves the question: “Which job suits me?”

Career choice for newcomers: Which job suits me?

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Occupation - but which?

Newcomers to the profession, but also newcomers, are spoiled for choice in Germany: In addition to 344 state-recognized occupational vocational training courses, there are currently about 12 700 courses and subjects. Added to this are innumerable on-the-job training courses.

Around 390 state and private universities compete for the favor of those willing to study, and there are always courses of study and further education. The latter often do not even have to be accredited or nominated, which makes the overview particularly difficult.

I keep finding that young people do not even know what career opportunities they have, and that they often do not even know what they want. Because there are still enough young people who choose to choose an apprenticeship or a field of study.

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Many are involved in the career choice

More than one in four apprenticeship relationships are terminated upon completion, around a third of which are still in the trial period. In some (supposedly) popular apprenticeships such as cooks, the dropout rate is almost 50%.

And we also see enormously high drop-out rates of 28% on average in the Bachelor's area for the degree programs, as for the training occupations. At around 35%, this rate is almost twice as high at universities as at FHs at around 19%. Recruiting expert Joachim Diercks writes in a nutshell:

Confusing diversity, but hardly used.

Which profession suits me?

Tom Diesbrock has in his post Where is the dream job? pointed out an elementary error that many people make when choosing a career: instead of looking for an activity that really interests them, they first orient themselves to the offer.

This shows that the right choice of career in Germany is an important, albeit underestimated topic and would like to discuss this in detail. Then you just study medicine, you know that, or law. You hardly come up with unusual ideas where you virtually reinvent your job. A procedure that Diesbrock rightly calls the classic self-knee-shooting technique.

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The way to a dream job: keep your eyes open when choosing a career

The old saying "keep your eyes open when choosing a profession" still applies, but with the unmanageable offer it is difficult to direct your gaze in the right direction. Even at the graduation ceremony, 11% of all high school graduates have no idea what they want to do.

Barbara Knickrehm, vocational counselor for high school graduates at the Employment Agency Herford, advises in a post Best of HR –® Keep your eyes open when choosing your career Professional beginners and trainees, first of all to start with yourself before you get confused by the many possibilities:

“Instead of surfing the internet haphazardly, the first question you should ask yourself is which topics and tasks are of particular interest to you, are particularly great fun and which give the impression that they are easy to handle. But you should also consider the assessments of your surroundings in your own considerations. ”

What do self-assessment procedures do?

In the eye-on series, many more tips and hints are given on how to proceed strategically in the career choice. If you do not continue this way, a self-assessment center could help.

This is not only partly compulsory offered by some universities, but there are also tools for personal career choice online. An overview and self-experiment can be found in a series of articles on the Self-assessment procedure on Best of HR –®.

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Consulting can help with career planning

If you do not trust online tools, you can seek career advice. For school leavers, such career choice consultations are offered by the employment agencies for free.

For all others, there is a large army of private counselors and coaches who offer their vocation-finding and career-planning support. How to separate the wheat from the chaff and find the right one, can be found in a series of articles on the subject Career planning for executives on Best of HR –®.

Change of employment: How can the change take place?

So, if you know what you want to do, but do not know how? Then I want to go to the Contributions by Tom-Diesbrock point out, which explains step-by-step how to proceed in terms of career reorientation.

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Once again, I summarized his theses in this paper new career, How to find the right place in reality with his wish - that's what Jürgen W. Goldfuß explains in his article The job that suits me.

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  1. Magdalena

    Am 55 J, female, married, 2 adult children, 3 cats, longtime experience as a sectarian. In less than a year, I wrote 542 applications and conducted 27 application interviews. I have to apply for Hartz IV in one month. What do you advise me?

  2. Alex

    It is true that there are more and more offers to form, especially in the form of study offers. In addition, there are always new ways to develop according to the actual occupation and its training, so that you have almost endless possibilities to move from one job to another, provided that it is located in a similar area. We are currently seeing this very strongly in the areas of health and social welfare.

    The opinion of Mr. Diesbrock, how one should orientate itself on the market, I do not quite share. Especially when you have studied like me, for example, Lehramt, because you like it very much, but then after a few years of studying said that you will get no job because simply no need for learning staff is available. At this moment, one is looking for a certain degree of certainty, which is not quite an exhilarating age. I can understand this idea, especially if one chooses his profession with regard to family planning, etc, or selects certain profession.

    One should already orientate which demand exists at all.
    first at the offer.

    • Simone Janson

      Hi Alex,
      it sounds reasonable what you say. And yet I have to say from my own experience that security thinking at least has never really worked with me.
      It was for me personally starting from a certain point financially more successful also heart projects to make, even if the reason against it, instead of everything stringently durchzuplanen. This is typeache, something orientate on the market does not hurt. But creativity, passion and ideas can inspire people and perhaps create a market where no one was before.
      Perhaps it must not be unconditionally the teaching profession, but coaching, perhaps there are similarly stored alternatives?


      • Alex

        Hello Simone,

        yes, of course this is true. I've done the same for you as you say. I studied sports and politics at Lehramt, and I have now turned to a bank education after the Bachelor's degree. However, I continue to expand my sports education in the field of rehasport and preventive sports, in order to continue to be pedagogical.

        I think this is a similar alternative, which definitely has a future and I also enjoy. To this I am still training in the banking sector, which is very interesting to me. I do not really know how to split up something, but I think if one is more like a thing in life, this is quite an alternative, to the conservative profession ...

        Best Regards

        • Simone Janson

          Hi Alex,
          it is not so bad to have different stands, which may perhaps complement each other - eg by different contacts. I am only thinking of a friend who bakes biscuits for companies and professional advice - and has a total of 5 jobs:

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  5. David Goebel

    finally an article proclaiming out-of-the-box.
    Today I find one thing: there was still no career at the beginning of my career.

    So I advise everyone: Recognize your strengths and find the place where you are the best problem solver.

    • Simone Janson

      Thank you. If you look more closely, a lot of people do something quite different from the beginning of their activity.

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